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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of a bar chart showing airline ticket prices from the real IELTS exam.

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IELTS Essay Task 1: Visitors to the UK Spending Table

The table below shows the number of visitors in the UK and their average spending from 2003 to 2008.

The table displays information regarding visitors, spending and the length of their trip to the UK from 2003 to 2008. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that overall visits, total spending, and average spending rose considerably with only average nights per visit falling towards the end of the period. The largest growth proportionally was for total spending.

Looking first of all at quantity of visits, there were 24,715,000 million travellers to the UK in 2003 and this figure climbed steadily by around 2 to 3 million each year until 2006 when it plateaued at about 32 million before receding slightly to 31.8 million to finish the time surveyed. Similarly, average spending in billions of pounds rose sharply from 11.855 to a 16.002 in 2006, then leveled off and, in contrast, rebounded marginally to finish the period at 16.323.

In terms of average spending, this figure began at 475 pounds in 2003, declined moderately to 266 the next year and then rose consistently to conclude with a final surge to 511 in 2008. The only data to decline was average nights per visit which began at 8.2 in 2003, remained level for a year and then rose by .1 each year until 2006, before a sudden drop to 7.7 nights in 2007 and 2008.

Analysis

1. The table displays information regarding visitors, spending and the length of their trip to the UK from 2003 to 2008. 2. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that overall visits, total spending, and average spending rose considerably with only average nights per visit falling towards the end of the period. 3. The largest growth proportionally was for total spending.

  1. Paraphrase what the table shows.
  2. Write a clear overview summarising the differences.
  3. You might need another sentence for your overview.

1. Looking first of all at quantity of visits, there were 24,715,000 million travellers to the UK in 2003 and this figure climbed steadily by around 2 to 3 million each year until 2006 when it plateaued at about 32 million before receding slightly to 31.8 million to finish the time surveyed. 2. Similarly, average spending in billions of pounds rose sharply from 11.855 to a 16.002 in 2006, then leveled off and, in contrast, rebounded marginally to finish the period at 16.323.

  1. Begin writing about the data for the first categories.
  2. Make sure you compare as much as possible.

1. In terms of average spending, this figure began at 475 pounds in 2003, declined moderately to 266 the next year and then rose consistently to conclude with a final surge to 511 in 2008. 2. The only data to decline was average nights per visit which began at 8.2 in 2003, remained level for a year and then rose by .1 each year until 2006, before a sudden drop to 7.7 nights in 2007 and 2008.

  1. Write about the final other parts of the graph – include everything!
  2. Compare the categories.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Take some notes on a piece of paper to aid your memory:

The table displays information regarding visitors, spending and the length of their trip to the UK from 2003 to 2008. Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that overall visits, total spending, and average spending rose considerably with only average nights per visit falling towards the end of the period. The largest growth proportionally was for total spending.

Looking first of all at quantity of visits, there were 24,715,000 million travellers to the UK in 2003 and this figure climbed steadily by around 2 to 3 million each year until 2006 when it plateaued at about 32 million before receding slightly to 31.8 million to finish the time surveyed. Similarly, average spending in billions of pounds rose sharply from 11.855 to a 16.002 in 2006, then leveled off and, in contrast, rebounded marginally to finish the period at 16.323.

In terms of average spending, this figure began at 475 pounds in 2003, declined moderately to 266 the next year and then rose consistently to conclude with a final surge to 511 in 2008. The only data to decline was average nights per visit which began at 8.2 in 2003, remained level for a year and then rose by .1 each year until 2006, before a sudden drop to 7.7 nights in 2007 and 2008.

Answers

Try to write down or think of an antonym/opposite word for further practice:

displays information gives data

regarding concerning

visitors people going there

spending money spent

length how long

trip visit

the UK the United Kingdom

Looking from an overall perspective, it is readily apparent that overall overall

average per each person

rose considerably grew a lot

average nights per visit falling days stayed on the trip declining

towards the end of the period at the conclusion of the time detailed

largest growth proportionally rose the most in comparison

looking first of all at considering firstly

quantity number

travellers people going there

climbed steadily increased consistently

until up until the point

plateaued levelled off

receding slightly declining a little

finish end

time surveyed period detailed here

similarly almost the same

rose sharply increased a lot

leveled off plateaued

in contrast however

rebounded marginally recovered a little

finish the period at ended the time at

in terms of concerning

declined moderately went down a little

rose consistently went up steadily

conclude end

final surge last big increase

data figures

remained level stayed the same

sudden drop unexpected fall

Pronunciation

Practice saying the words below using this tip with Google voice dictation:

dɪsˈpleɪz ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃən 
rɪˈgɑːdɪŋ 
ˈvɪzɪtəz
ˈspɛndɪŋ 
lɛŋθ 
trɪp 
ðə juː-keɪ 
ˈlʊkɪŋ frɒm ən ˈəʊvərɔːl pəˈspɛktɪvɪt ɪz ˈrɛdɪli əˈpærənt ðæt ˈəʊvərɔːl 
ˈævərɪʤ 
rəʊz kənˈsɪdərəbli 
ˈævərɪʤ naɪts pɜː ˈvɪzɪt ˈfɔːlɪŋ 
təˈwɔːdz ði ɛnd ɒv ðə ˈpɪərɪəd
ˈlɑːʤɪst grəʊθ prəˈpɔːʃənli 
ˈlʊkɪŋ fɜːst ɒv ɔːl æt 
ˈkwɒntɪti 
ˈtræv(ə)ləz 
klaɪmd ˈstɛdɪli 
ənˈtɪl 
ˈplætəʊd 
ri(ː)ˈsiːdɪŋ ˈslaɪtli 
ˈfɪnɪʃ 
taɪm sɜːˈveɪd
ˈsɪmɪləli
rəʊz ˈʃɑːpli 
ˈlɛvld ɒf 
ɪn ˈkɒntrɑːst
rɪˈbaʊndɪd ˈmɑːʤɪnəli 
ˈfɪnɪʃ ðə ˈpɪərɪəd æt 
ɪn tɜːmz ɒv 
dɪˈklaɪnd ˈmɒdərɪtli 
rəʊz kənˈsɪstəntli 
kənˈkluːd 
ˈfaɪnl sɜːʤ 
ˈdeɪtə 
rɪˈmeɪnd ˈlɛvl 
ˈsʌdn drɒp 

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks. Note it on a piece of paper so you can remember better:

The table d_______________________n r_____________g v__________s, s_________g and the l______h of their t____p to t_______K from 2003 to 2008. L__________________________________________________l visits, total spending, and a__________e spending r____________________y with only a_______________________t f_________g t______________________d. The l____________________________y was for total spending.

L________________________t q__________y of visits, there were 24,715,000 million t____________s to the UK in 2003 and this figure c___________________y by around 2 to 3 million each year u______l 2006 when it p___________d at about 32 million before r__________________y to 31.8 million to f_________h the t_________________d. S____________y, average spending in billions of pounds r_______________y from 11.855 to a 16.002 in 2006, then l______________f and, i______________t, r______________________y to f_____________________t 16.323.

I_____________f average spending, this figure began at 475 pounds in 2003, d_____________________y to 266 the next year and then r______________y to c____________e with a f___________e to 511 in 2008. The only d____a to decline was average nights per visit which began at 8.2 in 2003, r______________l for a year and then rose by .1 each year until 2006, before a s_____________p to 7.7 nights in 2007 and 2008.

Listening Practice

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Reading Practice

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https://www.planetware.com/england/best-places-to-visit-in-the-uk-eng-1-2.htm

Speaking Practice

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Flying

  1. Are there many airlines in your country?
  2. Have you ever flown anywhere?
  3. Where would you like to fly?
  4. Are you scared of flying?

Writing Practice

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